SEWF 2019: Key speakers confirmed for Ethiopia event in October
Ghanaian tech entrepreneur Regina Honu, South African accountant turned adventurer and entrepreneur Michal Luptak, and Luke Terry, an Australian who has founded several large social enterprises, are just some of the inspiring speakers confirmed for this year’s Social Enterprise World Forum.
The event, which will be held in Addis Ababa in October 2019, aims to bring together 1,200 delegates to explore not only the social enterprise scene in Ethiopia but also the most exciting ideas in social enterprise around the world.
Peter Brown, director for Ethiopia at the British Council, which is hosting the event, said: “We are really, really excited about hosting the Social Enterprise World Forum in October.”
He added that the event aimed to create connections between people, enabling conversations to take place about how social enterprise can contribute to shared agendas. “It’s all geared towards creating a legacy for the social enterprise sector in Ethiopia, Sub-Saharan Africa and globally too,” he said.
It’s all geared towards creating a legacy for the social enterprise sector in Ethiopia, Sub-Saharan Africa and globally too
The speakers bring a variety of perspectives and experiences – Kim Lim, for example, founded PichaEats, a Malaysian food business which also rebuilds the lives of refugees; while Sabrina Chakori is the creator of Brisbane Tool Library in Australia, which lends equipment to people, reducing their need to buy new items.
Also confirmed are CD Glin, president and CEO of the US African Development Foundation, Ahmed Smiley of Siyafunda Community Technology Centre and founder of Ethiopia's Whiz Kids Workshop, Brukty Tigabu.
Key themes within the Social Enterprise World Forum 2019 programme include engaging with traditional knowledge and resources, as well as the challenges of climate change and global migration.
In addition to listening to speakers, taking part in debates and networking in the heart of Addis Ababa, the organisers emphasise that they will offer delegates opportunities to experience Ethiopian and African cultural highlights as well as study tours further afield before and after the main event. (Read more about this here.)
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